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The Milagro Beanfield War A Novel

John Nichols

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464 Pages

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Joe Mondragón, a thirty-six-year-old hustler with a talent for trouble, slams his battered pickup to a stop, tugs on his gumboots, and marches into the arid patch of ground. Carefully, if impulsively (and also illegally), he taps into the main irrigation channel. And so begins the Milagro beanfield war.

But like everything else in the dirt-poor town of Milagro, it is a patchwork war, fought more by tactical retreats than by battlefield victories. Gradually, ever so awkwardly, the small farmers and sheepmen begin to rally to Joe's beanfield as the symbol of their lost rights and their lost lands. This novel is wildly comic, shrewdly perceptive, and lovingly tender, a vivid portrayal of a town that, half-stumbling and partly prodded, must grope its way toward its own stubborn salvation.

The Milagro Beanfield War is part of the New Mexico Trilogy, which includes The Magic Journey and The Nirvana Blues.

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"Funny, irreverent, ribald, poignant . . . Wondrously fresh and alive."—The Denver Post

"A wholly first-rate comic novel."—The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

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John Nichols's New Mexico Trilogy, inaugurated in 1974 with the publication of The Milagro Beanfield War, has grown from regional stature to national appeal, from literary radicals to cult classics. Beloved for his compassionate, richly comic vision and admired for his insight into the cancer that accompanies unbridled progress, Nichols is the author of nine novels and six works of nonfiction. He lives in northern New Mexico.
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  • John Nichols

  • John Nichols's New Mexico Trilogy, inaugurated in 1974 with the publication of The Milagro Beanfield War, has grown from regional stature to national appeal; the three novels have evolved from literary radicals to cult classics. Beloved for his compassionate, richly comic vision, and widely admired for his insight into the cancer that accompanies unbridled progress, Nichols is the author of nine novels and six works of nonfiction. He lives in northern New Mexico.
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